And when it comes to the writing life?
Well, I imagine we keep him quite giddy.
No matter how much we think we have a "handle" on things, that handle sometimes breaks.
It seems there are so many detours on the path to our well laid-out plans.
I recently got word that a major project with one of my biggest clients required a “change of directions,” derailing my cash flow, my summer vacation, and the allocation of my time for the next four months.
And this morning's post?
Well, it was "scheduled" to be an awesome addition to my "Roar Series" with an interview. But computer glitches dictated something different, as I was unable to open the related files.
All of which underscores the importance of having a back-up plan as writers.
The reality here? To forge forward and go the distance, a "Plan B" is crucial for today's writer.
Accordingly, here are a few things to consider.
CREATIVE BACK UP...
- Do you have an Editorial Calendar, or a few months of ideas for future posts, in the event that life becomes hectic?
- Do you have physical files and/or Cloud Storage back-up in the event of a computer virus, hacking, or lost files?
- Are you adding a "cushion" to your schedule to make sure that clients' projects are completed on time? Keep in mind "Murphy's Law."
- What about an extra pair of reading glasses?
- Do you have an address book or journal for important contact numbers and emails? I learned this the hard way. Never depend solely on technology. Some time ago, I had almost 200 numbers programmed in my cell phone, available at the touch of a button. I was so proud of my organization and efficiency here. Then my phone got damaged, and most of that data was unable to be retrieved. Gone forever. Don't let it be you.
- Do you keep extra chocolate on hand, in case of a crisis? Or an "adult beverage" when applicable? :-)
FINANCIAL BACK UP...
- Do you have multiple income streams and various clients? Just in case a business relationship is terminated, or your favorite editor leaves a publication for which you are a frequent contributor.
- How about additional income in a bank account for that "rainy day"?
- Are you working with contracts to insure a greater likelihood of being able to collect for services rendered?
- Are you keeping your debt down to deal with an uncertain economy?
These are important issues to address in order to keep your business "in the black" and maintain your sanity.
There's great validity to the expression, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail."
How are you doing in these areas? Anything you'd like to add?
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